Johnson Signs with Canadian Basketball Squad


Shaquille Johnson will play with the Laval Kebs next season.

Shaquille Johnson will play with the Laval Kebs next season.

Oct. 3, 2012

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Former Marshall guard Shaquille Johnson has signed a professional contract to play basketball this season for the Laval Kebs of the National Basketball League of Canada.

Located in Montreal, the Kebs are one of eight teams in the NBL and finished with an overall record of 23-16 last season.

"I'm very excited to start playing again," said Johnson. "It's a good opportunity to get paid to do something I love. It's a very good league to start at and get some stats and just build from there."

Johnson, who has resided in Huntington since his Marshall eligibility expired last spring, leaves on Oct. 14 for training camp. He has kept in shape by practicing with the current Herd squad this summer.

"I worked out with the team this summer," said Johnson, a Jacksonville, Fla. native. "It helped me out a lot. It's always good to have people to stay around and work out with you."

As is typical in the NBL, Johnson signed a one-year contract which can be renewed when the season ends in March or allows him to become a free agent.

Johnson, Marshall's all-time leader in games played, averaged 9.2 points for the Herd last season. He finished his career at the top of the record books in many categories which include 11th in assists, 11th in steals, 13th in free throws, 18th in three-pointers and 27th in points.